I promise to not ever do this again but I want to tell you about myself. My name is Amy Margolis and I have been a lawyer for what feels like a long time. I went to law school specifically to be a criminal defense lawyer. I never wanted to be anything else since I was 15 years old and had a family member charged with a serious crime and it was all over the papers. Then, when I was in college, my cousin overdosed and died. This is where my personal commitment to drug reform and social justice met each other.
I have been working with cannabis clients since they were being charged with crimes and no one called this a "cannabis business community" or "the industry" and long before traditional investors decided this might be a good way to deploy capital (it is, you should invest).
In 2011 and 2012 those same clients became even braver and bolder and started opening dispensaries. And, I was scared for them. Some of them got charged with crimes but kept moving forward anyway. They, like so many others, were pioneers.
Because of them, and countless others who came before, we have actually become "the industry" and I remain dedicated to helping build it. My practice has changed too. While I still represent people charged with crimes, mostly I represent cannabis clients as they grow their businesses. I represent growers, processors, wholesalers, investors and everything in between. The better the Oregon cannabis industry does, the closer we are to a day when no one ever goes to prison for cannabis again.
So, call us if you need us. We are here to talk and dream with you. (We can also draft some really sophisticated corporate documents!)